Writer’s Harvest

Please join us for Writer’s Harvest to help fight hunger.

Writer’s Harvest Nov 21, 2022 6pm, zoom

Miami University’s English Department and Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation invite the community to attend their 32nd Annual Writer’s Harvest event on Monday, November 21, 2022, starting at 6PM. The event will be held virtually over Zoom and is free to the public. Participants can register online . Please spread the word – invite your friends and family!

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Fall 2022 Creative Writing Reading Series & Events

Welcome, please join us in person or by Zoom!

We have a great list of visiting writers and events this semester.

Here is the link to register to attend Writer’s Harvest benefit for hunger on Nov 21 at 6pm:  Register to attend virtually on Zoom. This, our final event of Fall, is an annual benefit for hunger done in coordination between the creative writing program, Western College, and TOPSS, a local non-profit and pantry. There will be several short readings by local writers and an art auction moderated by Billy Simms.

-Brian Ascalon Roley

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Faculty Spotlight: Jen Sammons

A graduate of our MFA program, Jen Sammons returns as a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach creative non-fiction. Many of our students and alumni already know her as an excellent writer, performer and teacher, but you can get to know her through a reading on November 16, 2022 in the Bachelor Reading Room at 7:30pm.

Learn more about her work here.

-Brian Ascalon Roley

Meet Your Professors! — Interview Three, Margaret Luongo

To finish out this series, I interviewed Margaret Luongo, Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor of English, and advisor for my apprenticeship with the CW program. Since my first (and regrettably, only) class with her, I have experienced just how wise and kind she is and I am very glad I got to work more closely with her as part of my apprenticeship, especially now that it is coming to close along with the rest of my college career. I’m very thankful that I have been able to work with Prof. Luongo over this past year, and I hope you all enjoy learning a bit more about her!

-Lauren Miles

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The Importance and Impact of Research on Fictional and Historical Fiction Works

By: Marin Thurmer

Back in November, I was pleased to meet one of Dr. TaraShae Nesbitt’s colleagues from graduate school, Dr. Shena McAuliffe, who currently teaches fiction at Union College in New York and visited Miami university classes and did a reading. Being a creative writing undergrad myself, along with other peers sitting around me, I felt the group’s anticipation to be introduced to McAuliffe’s particular style of research that contributes to her writing, mainly nonfiction and historical fiction works. The book in question: The Good Echo! This narrative doesn’t obey traditional schemes of narration, with the keystone of the work being a posthumous narration from the perspective of a dead son, just twelve years old when he succumbed to an infection in his root canal, which his father performed the fatal surgery on before his death.

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Madman by Tracy Groot Review & Recommendation

By: Alayna Cowden

As a person who, admittedly, shies away from things labeled “historical fiction” and worse, “Christian fiction,” I can’t deny that I felt a little apprehensive in starting this book. Would it be corny and preachy? Would Jesus be portrayed in a way that isn’t accurate or seems pushy?

Hence, it took me a while to muster up the courage to read Madman. Also, I’ve never really read anything that expressly dealt with things like demons or capital “E” Evil, so I had my reservations. However, I was horribly wrong about this book. It defied every expectation I had about what modern literature should do – and more so, what the function of something labeled “Christian fiction” should do.

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Meet Your Professors! — Interview Two, Patrick Murphy

Last semester, back when things were strange in the way we call “normal,” I was thrilled to be in the course ENG 360B: Comics in Theory and In Practice, co-taught by professors Jody Bates and Patrick Murphy. I had tried making comics before but always stopped short of completing them, but this class gave me the tools I needed to return to this incredible form of art and creative writing. When I decided to start this series of professor spotlights, I knew I wanted to learn more about Dr. Murphy’s work in comics. And now, with this interview, you can learn more too! — Lauren Miles

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